Live Footage: JOVM Mainstays Thunderpussy Perform Their Fiery Cover of Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love” at Pukklepop Festival

Over the past couple of years, I’ve written a bit about the Seattle, WA-based heavy metal quartet Thunderpussy, and as you may recall, the act, which is comprised of Molly Sides (vocals), Whitney Petty (guitar), Leah Julius (bass) and Ruby Dunphy (drums) exploded into the national scene as a result of a string of attention-grabbing, critically applauded live shows and co-signs from Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam’Mike McCready. And from the Led ZeppelinBlack Sabbath meets Joan Jett-like anthem “Speed Queen” and the bluesy “Velvet Noose,” which featured an “Evenflow“-like guitar solo from Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, the early buzz surrounding the band was warranted.

Back in May 2015, the members of the band applied for a US trademark to protect their name and brand, as they were preparing for future world domination. Shortly after the band submitted their application, they received a letter from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) denying the band their trademark on the grounds that their name was “immoral” and “scandalous” as per the guidelines laid down in the Truman-era Lanham Act of 1946. The USPTO even cited Urban Dictionary as a credible source as to why the word pussy is regarded as a derogatory term.

The fate of the band’s name — and their trademark application — depends on the outcome of a new case, Iancu v. Brunetti, which was argued in front of the Supreme Court earlier this year. Eric Brunetti is defending his clothing band FUCT in a legal case that he’s been fighting for nearly 20 years. Now, as you may recall, while the members of the Seattle-based JOVM mainstays are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision, they released a fiery and passionately stomping cover of Jefferson Airplane‘s “Somebody to Love” that turns the song into a contemporary, feminist, metalhead anthem.

As the band is about to embark on a national headlining tour that includes an August 9, 2019 stop at Brooklyn Bowl, Thunderpussy released live footage performing their cover of “Somebody to Love” at last year’s Pukklepop Festival. Check out the live footage, and the tour dates.


Tour Dates

5/11: Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo House Of Music
7/12: Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf*
7/13: Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
7/14: Telluride, CO @ The Ride Late Night Show @ The Roma
7/16: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom*
7/17: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey*
7/19: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up*
7/20: Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver*
7/22: Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall
7/23: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne*
7/25: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Gallery*
7/26: Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen*
7/29: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room*
7/30: St Louis, MO @ Firebird #
7/31: Columbus, OH @ The Basement #
8/2: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop #
8/3: Buffalo, NY @ Cobblestone Live
8/4: Montreal, QC @ Turbo House #
8/5: Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern #
8/7: Cambridge, MA @ Sonias #
8/8: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint #
8/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl #
8/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy #
8/11: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery #
8/13: Nashville, TN @ High Watt #
8/15: Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi Indy #
8/16: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club #
8/17: Saint Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
8/19: Bozeman, MT @ The Eagles Ballroom #
8/20: Boise, ID @ Humpin’ Hannah’s

*w/ Black Pistol Fire
# w/ Hollis Brown